Can we address the Discrimination against visitors and new users.
It's only been a couple days, and already you see people muting visitors and new users by default. Kicking them if they join a room, or just laughing at them if they try to start a conversation. This is not how vrchat used to be. These ranks being displayed over everyone's heads it giving people a sense of elitism, and it's it harmful to the community. Others join in just so they can fit in. It is hard for visitors and new users to just start a conversation now... Something that wasn't an issue before. You can say "why would you want to be friends with them" but that isn't the point. Being targeted and harnessed just because of a tag over your head that you have no control of is not right.
Visitor, New User, User, and Nuisance
The current rank system doesn't make sense. Do we really need so layered rank? I think that having just Visitor, New User, User, and Nuisance is enough. I checked my friend list, +1k friends by the way, and found most of my friends are Veteran or Trusted User. What's the difference between them? I don't see any difference. What's the difference between Known User and User? There is no difference. It makes no sense. It only causes social problems. The higher ranks should be abandoned. Make it simple. You can add them later if you want. You should know YAGNI, "You ain't gonna need it." The purpose of Trust System is to protect people from malicious users. The most important thing here is whether new users are trolls or not. Therefore, Visitor: They, newbies, might be good people but might be trolls. You can't tell. New User: They are not newbies anymore but some skepticism lingers on. It's a training period with the ability to upload content. User: They are not trolls. Nuisance: They might be trolls and are going to be banned when confirmed. VRChat Team: Devs. That is enough, so far. [Japanese] 現在のランクシステムですが、本当にこれほど階層化する必要があるのでしょうか？ Visitor(訪問者)、New User(新規ユーザー)、User(一般ユーザー)、そしてNuisance(厄介者)、という種別だけで十分だと思います。 自分のフレンドリスト(1000人以上)を実際に確認してみましたが、私のフレンドのほとんどはVeteran、もしくはTrusted Userでした。彼らの違いは何なのだろうと考えてみましたが、わかりませんでした。Known UserとUserにしてもそうです。このふたつのランクに違いがあるとは思えません。現行のランクシステムは無駄に複雑すぎて、ただソーシャル上の問題を引き起こすだけです。不要な高ランクは破棄し、ものごとをシンプルに保つべきです。もし必要だとなればあとから追加すればいいだけです。YAGNIの法則「そんなもん必要にならねえよ」"You Ain't Gonna Need It." トラストシステムの目的とは、悪意あるユーザーから人々を守ることです。ここで最も重要なのは、新規ユーザーがTrolls(「荒らし」の意ですが、日本語のそれよりもう少し広い意味があるので単語をそのまま使います)かどうか、ということです。したがって、 Visitor: 完全な新参。良識ある人かもしれませんが、Trollsかもしれません。この時点では判定できません。 New User: 完全な新参ではありませんが、まだ疑いは残ります。これは付与されたアップロード権限をどのように使うかの試験期間です。 User: Trollsではありません。 Nuisance: Trollsである可能性があり、もしそれが確認されればBANされます。 VRChat Team: 運営。 いまのところはこれだけで十分です。
Nametag colors are a bad idea
Not only is it visually unappealing with all the cluster of different colored nametags now in a group of people, but it's almost like a caste system, where people are identified by their nametag color. I can only imagine this leading to drama and hurt feelings, and yes, drama will be caused even for something as small and stupid as giving people different colored names. It's a social game and I don't really see the reason for people to be judged by their "rank" in a social game as if this was CS:GO or some similar game of a competitive nature. Keep the rank of the user under their nametag when you hover your cursor over them, but there's no reason to have them colored different names. If you're setting your trust and safety settings the way you want to anyway, you'd already know which users you do and don't want to see and the settings you have for them, so what's the point in even having the colors at that point? It's not really adding anything.
(Build 636) Avatar portraits on Quick Menu have wrong aspect ratio
Avatar portraits on the quick menu are squished horizontally instead of being a square crop like they are on avatar pedestals.
Make a temporary block!!!
First of all i want to say, that i'm a psychologist working in nursing home specializing in mental health/alzheimer patients/mood swings/recurring fears/persistent gloom/ etc. There are alot of people in Vrchat who block/mute that have an issue with socializing with unknown people. There are alot of people who aren't sociable or tolerant and they use block to fix their issue. There is also alot of discrimination against lower ranks people, as hardcore vrchat players feel superior to other users. As a professional psychologist i can read people very easily, and i almost have been doing tests everyday for a total of 500+ hours. There are many reasons for a player to use block, and i will explain some of them. 1. Standing too close or staring at an avatar without saying anything - block ) Taking the game too seriously/feeling threatened by another user because of real life social insecurities . 2. Blocking for talking back, ) People who are bad at socializing will get emotional very fast and might feel threatened by somebody who talks back in a normal non threatening calm voice, because they realize they can't win, they just block to fix their issue. 3.Blocking for having a lower rank, ) Heard people say it many time ingame, that they insta block newcomers/newusers. Have been in many rooms with, known/trusted users that felt superior to lower ranks. Have seen people getting kicked for no reason just because they had a lower rank. (This superiority sense comes from own real life insecurities that makes a person act like this.) 4. Blocking for being superior at socializing or stealing all the attention , ) People will block easily if they can sense that you're more superior at socializing, as they want to have a sense of control that they don't have in real life. 5. Blocking for own superiority, ) People will block you for very simple reasons to just show you their own superiority over you and to boost their own emotional ego. (i had people come up to me when i was talking to express that they're gonna block me because of their own bad emotional state/health) They always make sure to show you how they do it, they will stand infront of you and hover their vr hands to block option. Even mute users that never talk, do it all in the same way to express their superiority. I can go on, hopefully i gave you guys some insights of how i see it from my professional perspective. The block option needs to get removed, for this game and users benefits.
Ability to see what your avatar looks like with specific Trust and Safety elements disabled
If we are to be subject to parts of our model being limited, it would be useful to be able to see how others see your model depending on what they have switched off. Especially regarding shaders if you want to make sure they are falling back gracefully, currently the only way to do it is to find a friend and get them to take a photo of you with the specific avatar aspects blocked, it is slow and cumbersome. A "Me" option or similar would be an excellent tool for making sure your avatar works for all people and degrades gracefully.
Suggestion for an Alternative to the User Rank System
After quite a while of having the user trust and rank system, I think it's clear at this point that it does a bit more harm than good. People are discriminating and bullying others with lower ranks, people are uploading poor quality worlds to vrchat specifically just to get trusted user rank, and nobody uses the system as it's intended. This and it's a big obstical for new users to vrchat because they can't upload anything custom and lots of people see new users as untrustworthy, which makes it difficult to get out of this rank. What I'm proposing is basically a simplification of this system so that people will be more inclined to use it and so the unintentional issues with the system go away completely. Here's how it would work: instead of adjusting what you can see on avatars on people of certain ranks, make it so you can adjust what you can see on *everyone.* This is similar to how the avatar rank works, but this would be good for seeing avatars without the laggy components such as shaders. What I've noticed with everyone across the board is that everyone will use the custom settings and use the same settings for all ranks. Getting rid of the user ranking system for this reason would make everyone's lives easier and to be honest the only down sides I can see to this is just the work that would go into it, but it would be worth it in the end. If you must, you can keep friends seperate from everyone else in the safety settings, but everyone else needs to just be one category rather than all these tiers. If you wanted to keep categories in the safety settings, rather than using user ranks, how about making the categories into the different types of instances? (Friends+, Public, Invite Only, etc.) This way, people could set custom settings for the different instances they may go to if they wanted. That part is completely up in the air as a thought, so it doesn't need to be used. But also please make sure when you do this that the panic mode doesn't mess with your custom settings and uses its own setting.
Ranking system is a bad idea
All this will only create caste system and shun away new players, who could do something creative but cannot even upload anything. They will feel left out and ghosted. Nobody will join VRChat community if you are shunned for being visitor, the player count will dwindle... You need to encourage new players to create not discourage them. The system which was created to disrupt malicious players doesn't stop them at all, but only discourage new players to play. Although safety system is a good idea generally - but blocking most of the content for everyone is a really bad idea. Why would I take my time to create a cool shader if nobody is gonna see it? Take on the real issues @VRPill, like optimisation and stop discouraging creativity.
 Clearer Warnings for users taking punitive action against others.
It's unclear to users that blocking someone, kicking someone, or muting someone can lead that user into getting a nuisance rank. Most vrchat users do not know that it can lead to that, and will often do it in jest or for fun. There should be a clear warning that these actions can lead to the user's degradation of their experience. Also, users who have not obtained the rank of User should not be able to take actions that can lead to someone earning a Nuisance rank, as a flood of new users could, potentially, harass a user and lead to them earning that rank. There should be a system in place to identify abuse of the system.